Buffalo – N.Y. – Sept. 12, 2019 – The 73rd edition of the Buffalo International Horse Show (BIHS) continued Thursday at the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC). The professional hunter divisions wrapped up and champions were crowned, including the naming of the Grand Hunter Champion.
Jamie Bates continued her winning ways aboard Samantha Dispenza’s Lacoste, taking first place in the over fences and the handy round to secure the Green 3’3″ Hunter championship ribbon with a total of 42 points as well as the Grand Hunter Champion title and the Rose Are Ready Trophy. Finello, also ridden by Bates, and owned by Elizabeth Jacobs took home the reserve championship.
In the Green 3′ Hunter division, Bates was able to duplicate her performance with a win in both over fences classes aboard Roseann Deni’s Gateway to be named the champion of the division with 38 points. Larissa Loss’ Lancaster with Leslie Miller aboard took home the reserve champion rosette.
Erin Quinn guided Peneople Ayers’ Cezanne in the Performance 3’3″ Hunters with a win in the under saddle and a pair of white ribbons to garner 26 points, enough to be named champion, while Simply Cool, owned by Julia Barnes and ridden by Danielle Menker, placed second in all three classes to earn the reserve champion title.
In the Performance 3’6″ Hunter division, Turner, owned by Ayers and ridden by Quinn won both over fences and the under saddle to earn 36 total points and the championship. Coupe du Monde owned by Stone Lane Stables and piloted by Sarah Barge were the reserve champions.
The BIHS is held each year as a benefit for the BTRC and is designated a ‘Heritage’ competition by US Equestrian (USEF), reserved for horse shows in existence for 25 years or more. The BIHS is fortunate to be one of less than 30 horse shows nationwide that holds this illustrious status.
The BIHS will continue on Friday, Sept. 13, with the Non-Pro and Thoroughbred Hunter divisions, as well as the Adult Amateur and Amateur-Owner Hunter divisions. The jumper divisions will also ramp up, starting with the NAL Children’s/Adult Jumpers.
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